Gallery: Sunplant photovoltaic foliage on display in Milan

Toshiyuki Kita's Sunplant

Clearly a design better suited to sunny Italy than our native London, Toshiyuki Kita’s Sunplant, which we spotted in Milan this year, is an elaborate outdoor energy installation that fuses art with environmentally friendly gadget power. It’s a lovely metaphor: energy from the sun hits one of the plant’s eight PV panel ‘leaves’, which is then used to recharge up to 48 AA batteries that sit at the installation’s centre.

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  1. Inhabitat » XERIT... July 14, 2008 at 9:15 am

    […] for the streets, instead of water dependent trees. Large flat circular structures fitted with photovoltaic cells will hang over walkways on the streets. The photovoltaics will collect solar energy to generate […]

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